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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series


THOUGHTS OF A TRIBAL HOST
by Kumagoro

 Before emergency-banning Felidar Guardian in Standard, DCI had modified the Legacy ban list (and the Vintage restricted list) on Monday. The result is Sensei's Divining Top being removed from the Legacy pool. This would influence official Tribal Wars (if that still existed), but it doesn't exactly influence Tribal Apocalypse, since we got rid of Sensei's annoying little toy on our own a couple seasons ago. Now we've just got confirmation from DCI about that choice (if mostly for different reasons). So nothing to see here, move along.

Not plaguing Tribal Apocalypse events anymore... since 2015.


LAST WEEK ON TRIBAL APOCALYPSE...

  • Event Number: 7.15, Week 328 BE
  • Date: April 22
  • Attendance: 13
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: Bandit Keith (Kithkin)
  • 1 Loss: PaisY (Goblin), Yokai_ (Warrior), Bazaar of Baghdad (Human), TLR (Wizard), Gq1rf7 (Elf)
  • Underdog Prize: stash86 (Aetherborn)
  • Tribes: Aetherborn, Elf, Goblin, Golem, Human (x5), Kithkin, Knight, Warrior, Wizard
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Kithkin managed to get back on top for the first time since 2014, thanks to Kithkin aficionado Bandit Keith (Bandit Keithkin?). By the way, another bit of good news for Kithkin players: turns out Goldmeadow Harrier has finally been fixed in-client as she counts as a Kithkin again. Rejoice.

 

 The rest of the successful landscape has one of each major tribe, but only one out of 5 registered Human lists ended in the money. This was Bazaar of Baghdad's annual rehash of the classic Aluren combo. Looks like red isn't even needed anymore, now that Recruiter of the Guard can comfortably replace Imperial Recruiter. And Sanctum Prelate is another strong addition found in the Treasure Chests.

 

 Not making the cut, but still pretty cool, was AJ_Impy's flying Knights list, powered by Moat. Actually, only two of the featured Knights fly, maybe it wasn't enough? Anyway, any deck that includes Haakon (and his little built-in combo) is the coolest by definition.


THE HIGH PRICE OF WINNING

  

 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of April 28, 2016):

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  3. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  4. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  5. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  6. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  9. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  10. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

 The Top 5 Cheapest Non-Goblin Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Vampires, $2.25, 1st place on Event 285
  3. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  4. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  5. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147

NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85.


ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

 Just to remind you of a few things:

 The Ishkanah Prize: The first player to win a match with a Spider deck by activating Ishkanah's lifedraining ability for a lethal strike of at least 4 damage, will get a 3-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. Spider lovers, or simply ticket lovers, start building!

 The Underdog Prize: During any event of the regular rotation (but not during the one-time special events), all players who are running an Underdog Tribe are eligible for a 1-tix credit certificate from MTGO Traders. The tie-breakers are first the number of Underdog categories (for instance, a tribe that's simultaneously Endangered and Unhallowed will take the prize over one that's only Endangered), then the points achieved in the final standings. During Underdog events, only the True Underdog tribes are rewarded (those are the tribes belonging to all three categories of Underdog at once).

 The Up-and-Coming Prize: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders.

 The New Kids on the Block Award: When a new tribe is introduced in the game, or reaches enough members to be played as a proper tribe (i.e. at least 3 members, so you can build a deck that features 4 copies of each plus 8 Changeling creatures), the first player to score a match win with it will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You'll need a hard win, not a BYE or a win by no-show of your opponent. The tribes currently eligible for the award are Gremlin and Monkey.

 The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg rewards each player who registers 10 different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) during the year with a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. You can go on and win the prize multiple times in the year, but you need to keep playing different tribes! (So if you manage to register 50 different tribes in one season, you can get up to 15 tix!)

 The Top Players Lockout: Every time a Top Player (either a Google Era Top 8, an Ultimate Champion/Tribal Player of the Year, or a seasonal Top 8) will end undefeated, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck again for 5 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck or decks 5 times before coming back to the undefeated one). With "deck" is meant a specific, recognizable archetype (e.g. Wall-Drazi), which in some case will be linked to a specific combo card (e.g. Helm of Obedience). A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.

 Wanna test your deck? Tell us when you're online, and look who else is there and when! All of this here!


 WHAT'S NEXT

 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 7.16 (Week 329 BE), on April 29: Singleton
  • 7.17 (Week 330 BE), on May 6: Underdog
  • 7.18 (Week 331 BE), on May 13: Regular
  • 7.19 (Week 332 BE), on May 20: Modern

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2017!

SEE YOU ALL IN THE TRIBAL ROOM!